Bonfire Of The Valkyries | New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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Bonfire Of The ValkyriesBonfire Of The Valkyries
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Bonfire Of The ValkyriesBonfire Of The Valkyries

Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Indiana, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
20 IBU

Added by merlin48 on 12-30-2006

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of alleykatking
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 64oz growler. Thanks to Lukafer for picking this one up.

A- Pours a blackish brown color. One finger tan head shows medium retention. Nice long streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts right off the get go with this beer. Some light sweetness to this as well maybe some chocolate notes causes this? Smokey aroma takes over the rest of the beer from the middle on. This aroma is very inviting.

T- Roasted malts blend with a light smokeed flavor. Toward the middle of the beer there is a light coffee hint but this comes quickly as the smoked malts come back into play. Ending of the beer has light chocolate hints to this with a ton of smoke on the ending of the beer. This stuff tastes amazing to be honest.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Smoked flavor with some roasted malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is almost all smoke and hints of chocolate. Flavors are mostly smoke forward and balance toward that...some people might find this annoying but I personally can't get enough of it. No off flavors are detected. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was mighty drinkable. I personally enjoy heavy smoked beers which this one leaned more toward being heavy in the smoke taste. The ABV makes this one enjoyable while drinking. I had many glasses of this but I know some of the other guys didn't like this one very much.

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Photo of Bstrickler
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Caterwaul
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a stange. Big thanks to khumbard for this.

3.25 A: Black color. Aggressive pour gave two fingers of fizzy medium brown head that quickly fell.

4.0 S: The nose is just what I want in a rauchbier - smoky. Big roasted porcine smokiness with campfire undertones. There doesn't seem to be much of the lager coming through past the smoke aside from some roastiness, but that's fine, it smells great.

4.5 T: The taste is even better than the nose. It maintains the same smoke pork smokiness along with campfire, but is balanced by a sweetness - a woody sweetness - that you might get from burning certain species of trees. It's like a dark, roasty caramel. However you describe it, it works. A lot of smoked beers are a taste bud tease in that they smell super smoky, but don't taste super smoky. This isn't one of them. The smoke is deep and complex. With the sweet maltiness balancing, I can't seem to find any problems. Very nice.

4.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation isn't very active, but there's enough of it. Silky smooth creaminess that enhances the taste. Goes down far too easy for a beer this big. Great here as well.

4.75 D: Very solid rauchbier. Plenty of flavor with depth and complexity and a killer mouthfeel. Both the taste and mouthfeel were borderline 4.75, so I put it here instead.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Tomlinson Tap Room in Indy. Appearance was totally black, with not much carbonation and very little, tan colored head. Aroma is not very strong, but smells of roasted malt primarily with some sweetness and a faint hint of smoke. The flavor is great, with smooth maltiness, roasted coffee and chocolate lightly blending with a touch of smoke. Very smooth and drinkable. Medium to full bodied. A very nice beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoked beers are something I would usually go to last. But, might as well try something I wouldn't regularly get a chance to.

When the bottle foamed out of the top just a wee little bit and it was über foam on the pour, I was concerned. Apparently without warrant. This is an outstanding rauch. Mild smoked tones keep things at what I want to say is a perfect tone. This can so easily go obnoxious. This is a real pleasure to drink. Don't want to write about it; just want to enjoy drinking it.

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Photo of JamesS
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep black color with excellent head and some nice lacing. Nice deep scent with good sweet malts and a wonderful smoky undertone. Excellent taste, a very nice crisp and clean lager with nice roasted grain tones and a very nice smoky taste (smoked beers aren't my favorite, but this one was nice, without going overboard). Went down very smooth.

(Had on tap at Barley Island Broad Ripple as a guest beer.)

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Photo of Gustavus_97
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into dimpled mug.
This was sent as part of a box by Khumbard-- thanks man!

Dark oily body with a deep tan head of half a finger. The bubbles settled very quickly to a thin collar. Nice oily legs, and there is some spotty lacing that clings momentarily.

Smells VERY smoky. Like sizzling bacon and charred wood. I get a light hint of cocoa underneath all that smoke.
This is like smoked pork mania. Even kinda salty. A coffee like bitterness comes through on the finish.

Feels medium bodied with an oily slickness.

Overall-- a solid smoked beer. Very smokey. Very porky. Very enjoyable, if you're into that sort of thing... And I am.
If you like smoked beers, this is a must-try.

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Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, I love this label!

Bonfire of the Valkyries pours a medium bodied, smooth and creamy black in color looking all the part of a Schwarzbier. It has a nice beige lacing around the glass. The nose is slightly smoky with some ham and salt before finishes smooth, chocolaty, and creamy. The smoke isn't nearly as strong as I imagined it would be, but that's a good thing. There isn't much smoke in the flavors either, but it's there. It's smooth and creamy dark chocolate with a light hammy finish. It's like a slightly smoked version of Sprecher's Black Bavarian. The body is near identical, light and very, very smooth and creamy. Overall this was a really nice beer. I'd definitely say it's a schwarzbier that's slightly smoked, and not necessarily a rauchbier. It's a nice alternative if you don't want to get smoked out by Aecht Schlenkerla.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial pints for $4.50 at the brewery… damn good deal for an 8%.

A – Appears almost black. Fair amount of lacing on the glass, but there was little to no head.

S – Roasted malts overpower at first, but then there is some complexity of sweet earthy aroma mixed with a bit of smoke. The smell takes my worries away about this being too smoky.

T – Chocolate malts and a nice amount of smoke. I tried this (even though I’m not a fan of smoked beer) because I heard good things about it. I got a slight espresso profile in the middle, which is probably my interpretation of smoky coffee. I’m really glad the smoke is not overpowering, and in my opinion, this is a great intro beer for a smoked style brew.

M – The feel is better than the appearance. I thought it was going to feel thin, but it was heavier than I expected. I would still classify it at a low medium. For 8%, the alcohol is not really present.

O – Much better than I expected, and very easy to drink. I am glad the smoke was not overpowering. Quite drinkable and I might go back and get a bomber of this brew. This is probably one of my favorites from NABC; the risk paid off this time.

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Photo of liamt07
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from DeLoch's in Indiana, 650ml bottle into a tulip.

Black body with not even a finger of medium brown head even with an extra aggressive pour. Nose has a tad of campfire smoke, brown sugar, toasty malts, chocolate and some sweeter caramel/marshmallow qualities. Tate has more chocolate and smokey sweetness, mild roast and a sweet malt quality well into the finish. Smoke as an accent there really. Medium heavy feel, low carbonation which although I thought would've been detrimental to the mouthfeel actually aided the beer. Smokey and on the sweeter side, something I definitely dig.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle (absolutely love the label!)

A: jet black, opaque with a very full/dense head that is light brown
S: chewy malt, medium nose, some roasted qualities come through but no discernible rauch
T: deep roasted malt with chocolate qualities, well-balanced with hops taking a backseat to the rich roasted malt, some smokiness but was expecting a lot more
M: full, rich mouthfeel, chocolatey, with some earthy malt, slight cloying finish
O: reminded me a bit of a Baltic porter, very nice

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rich-O's Publick House as part of the Saturnalia Fest. Bonfire arrived dark and opaque in the glass, topped by a small, but creamy, light brown head. Sheet lacing is left behind on the glass as it empties. Aroma is wood smoke, minimal spicy hops, and cocoa and espresso notes. Creamy medium body. Taste is smoky, but not overdone. Nice edge of bitter hops to compliment the slightly roasty tones of mild coffee and light milk chocolate. A very enjoyable version of the style.

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Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of osuskin
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MordorMongo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a very dark brown with a huge carbonated dark tan head. Once the head settled down some, a slow pour helped keep the carbonation down some when pouring the rest of the bottle into the glass. Head retention is good, and there's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like smoked malts (and meats), roasted/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, caramel and coffee. It tastes like smoked malt/meat, roasted/charred malt, coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy, but has way too much carbonation. Even though the carbonation did settle down some while I was drinking it, it was still a bit too much for me in the end. Overall I thought this was a good brew, I'll try this again in the future and hope that the carbonation in the next bottle isn't as strong as this one was. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Cresant
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this undated 22 oz. bottle into an etched tulip pint glass. The very dark brown/black body supported a modest tan head that receded to a film.

The smell is primarily smoked grains. A bit vegetal, but inviting. It smells like stepping into a BBQ restaurant - sweet and smoky. Faintly reminiscent of peppercorns and campfires.

The texture of this beer is creamier than I expected from a lager, however, this is a big lager. Medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation, smooth in the mouth.

The taste reflects the aroma. Restrained smoke with a welcome snap of lager crispness. The smoke is definitely the main character in this beer, but it does not assault you. The middle is a bit sweet but it finishes with a light, roasted grain bitterness. The IBUs are low at 20. There are some dark sweet chocolate notes as well as a light nuttiness. Very well hidden alcohol - this one weighs in at a hefty 8% ABV, but it is difficult to taste it here.

I suspect this beer is homage to Roger Baylor’s well-known love of smoked Franconian rauchbiers. I find this to be a well-balanced and easily drinkable smoked beer. It is so drinkable that it would be easy to gloss over the subtle, yet present, layers of this enjoyable beer. I am confident this would pair well with anything from your grill or smoker this summer.

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Photo of bgreg3
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid schwarzbier. It's pitch black in appearance and smells of roast coffee and chocolate. The foam lacing doesn't stick for too long. The taste is very similar to the smell. Black malt must have been a key ingredient. Some vanilla lingers in the back with a possibility of liquid smoke! easy to drink, not too sticky.

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Photo of Lukafer
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black with a finger of tan head.  Smells roasty, a little smoky and a hint of sweet malt.  Tastes some roasted malts, hints of chocolate, some smokyness and coffee, but really balanced.  Slightly drying finish, but a good mouthfeel and drinkable. One of the better beers I've had in this style.

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